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4:00 PM ET, June 16, 2009

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Anderson Cooper 360:
State Department to Twitter: Keep Iranian tweets coming  —  Elise Labott  —  CNN State Department Producer  —  The halls of Foggy Bottom are ringing with the Tweets coming with Iran and the State Department is working to ensure they keep coming.  —  Senior officials say the State Department …
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New York Times:
Social Networks Spread Defiance Online  —  As the embattled government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be trying to limit Internet access and communications in Iran, new kinds of social media are challenging those traditional levers of state media control and allowing Iranians to find novel ways around the restrictions.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Down Time Rescheduled  —  A critical network upgrade must be performed to ensure continued operation of Twitter.  In coordination with Twitter, our network host had planned this upgrade for tonight.  However, our network partners at NTT America recognize the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Cyberwar guide for Iran elections
Opera Press Room:
Opera Unite reinvents the Web  —  Cloud computing and Web-based applications will never be the same  —  Opera today unveiled Opera Unite, a new technology that shakes up the old client-server computing model of the Web.  Opera Unite turns any computer into both a client and a server …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video: Hands-On With Opera Unite (It Rocks)  —  The web is understandably abuzz with chatter over Opera Unite, the technology platform the Norwegian software company unveiled earlier this morning.  It's an intriguing concept, and it could fundamentally change the way we think about how content is shared on the Internet.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Opera's Web-Changer: Unite, a Web Server Inside Your Browser
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
MySpace slashes head count by 30 percent  —  Amid economic woes, stagnant growth, and a management shakeup, onetime social-networking pioneer MySpace has announced that it has cut its head count by slightly under 30 percent in what the company calls a “return to start-up culture.”
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta's Layoff Memo  —  News Corp (NWS) social network MySpace just announced it was laying 30% of its staff.  Here's the memo from new CEO Owen Van Natta:  —  Everyone,  —  Today we are making a number of changes to MySpace's domestic organizational structure.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Digital Daily, Thanks:atul
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Digital Britain: ISPs will have to cut filesharing by 70%  —  Persistent offenders may be fined or be cut off temporarily under powers Digital Britain report suggests may be given to Ofcom  —  British ISPs will be required to cut illegal filesharing on their networks by 70% within a year under …
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Massachusetts Senator John Kerry's Online Office:
Kerry, Wicker, Dorgan, Klobuchar Call for Increased Choice for Wireless Consumers  —  CONTACT: DC Press Office, 202-224-4159  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, along with Senators Roger Wicker …
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Senators Question iPhone Type Deals with Carriers
Discussion: Ars Technica
Kevin Sablan / Lansner on Real Estate:
How we got 2.2 million Internet links ... temporarily!  —  Every Sunday our sOCial sunday ponders new Internet connections and its business implications.  Kevin Sablan, leader of the Register's Web task force who blogs independently about Web links on Almighty Link, got a rude surprise with his last sOCial sunday post ...
Discussion: Macworld and eWeek
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Alma Whitten / Google Online Security Blog:
HTTPS security for web applications  —  A group of privacy and security experts sent a letter today urging Google to strengthen its leadership role in web application security, and we wanted to offer some of our thoughts on the subject.  —  We've long advocated for — and demonstrated — a focus on strong security in web applications.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Gmail to Get More Protection From Snoops
Discussion: eWeek and AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple details Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date program  —  With a new version of Mac OS X on the way, some people might be put off buying a new Mac because they want access to the latest OS as soon as it's out.  Fear not, Apple has just released details of its “Up-to-Date” program.  —  Here's the meat:
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Virtual Goods + Mobile Payments = Small Market Worth Fighting For?  —  The promise of “virtual goods"-pretend things you buy with real money in cyberspace-has lured entrepreneurs and venture capitalists for years.  Same goes for mobile payments-using your iPhone instead of your Amex to buy stuff.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Here come the mobile payment wars
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Microsoft Sues Three in Click-Fraud Scheme  —  AFTER an investigation that took more than a year, Microsoft has filed its first lawsuit over click fraud, where people manipulate clicks on a Web advertisement.  —  Microsoft filed the civil complaint on Monday in United States District Court …
John Oates / The Register:
Pirate Bay launches encrypted private network  —  Delayed service fires broadside at Hollywood  —  Free whitepaper - Virtualization: optimized power and cooling to maximize benefits  —  The Pirate Bay has opened beta testing on its encrypted virtual private network which it reckons …
Discussion: last100, CrunchGear and T3.com News
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Introduces BlackBerry Tour to Compete With Apple's IPhone, Palm's Pre  —  Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry phone, will release a Tour model that's compatible with networks abroad, layering on features to lure customers away from Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone.
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Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Dasient: Ex-Googler's Launch Website Security as a Service  —  Ever come across a Google search result that has the words ‘this site can harm your computer’ below a link?  What about the Firefox red screen of death?  If you're a Web surfer, chances are you've likely avoided clicking on this type of link.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Jeff Bezos: Kindle Books and Readers Are Separate Businesses  —  In the future, Amazon.com's Kindle e-book reader will display more book formats beyond its own.  And you should also expect to see Kindle books on a lot more devices.  —  That was the clear implication of comments that Jeff Bezos …
Wall Street Journal:
How Are You?  No, How Are You Really?  —  I recently met an acquaintance from college, Chris Costello, whom I hadn't seen in 17 years.  We weren't that close in college, but we kept up sporadically through e-mail.  In more recent years, we updated each other on our lives through Facebook and Twitter.
Discussion: Digits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Weird Al takes on Craigslist with The Doors  —  Geek humor abounds.  —  Parody singer “Weird Al” Yankovic poked fun at Segway riders three years ago with his rap song “White and Nerdy.”  —  His latest single “Craigslist” skewers the people who can be found swapping wares and scoring dates on the classifieds ads site.
Discussion: Mashable! and AppScout
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ghostbusters: graphically, you'll want to stick with the 360  —  Ghostbusters is a very nice-looking game, but a head-to-head comparison shows the difference between the PS3 and 360 versions.  —  Our review of Ghostbusters is out, along with notes about which version to buy.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The now official Olympus E-P1 digital pen does retro right  —  Well, it's here: The Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds digital camera.  The E-P1, or digital pen, packs in almost all the E-620's magic into an absolute tiny and gorgeous body.  A body that throws-back to the the late 50's when Olympus launched the first Pen camera.
 
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Kevin Rose:
TweetDeck for iPhone coming soon!
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:jesse
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Chat reaches 1 billion messages sent per day
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Apple could see margins at risk with new price cuts
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